|Nan Province is a serene and attractive tourist destination, which is cozily snuggled in the lush valley forests of northern Thailand. Bestowed with a rich legacy, this place is located on the banks of Nan River. The region is a home to different hill tribe communities with distinctly unique customs and traditions.|
Northern provinces of Thailand are widely known for their natural beauty and pristine surroundings. One such province that has been recently included in the tourist map of Thailand for its unspoiled beauty is the Nan province.
Located at the center of the valley of Nan River, this province is bordered in the south by Uttaradit, Phrae and Phayao provinces. On the north and east, Nan shares its borders with Laos. There are several interesting tourist destinations inside the province. Popular among these is the Doi Phu Kha National Park.
Spread over an area of 1,700 square kilometers, Doi Phu Kha National Park is the largest park in entire Northern Thailand. The park has been named after Doi Phu Kha, the highest peak located inside the park with its peak at 1,980 meters above sea level. Interestingly, the entire park is surrounded by the Luang Prabang mountain range. The entire terrain is filled with forests and limestone mountain ranges.
Situated in the northern part of Thailand, Nan is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Thailand. Spread over an area of 11,500 square kilometers, Nan Province is home to numerous Thai Lu and other hill tribes of Thailand.
Apart from this, there is one ideal location inside the province for tourists who love some adventure and would like to experience the thrill of making their way through gushing rapids while passing through endless drops and falls.
River rafting is fast gaining importance in Thailand. One good place for this is the Mae Nam Wa, which is a tributary from Nan River and originates at Khao Chom Pi Pan Nam mountain range present near the Thai-Laos border. There are several reasons due to which rafting through the water of Nam Wa is considered by visitors as an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Originally, Nam Wa River was used for transportation of teak woods and other forest materials that were gathered illegally from the surrounding forests.
The Nan National Museum is housed in the palace of the feudal lord of Nan. The name of this feudal lord was Phrachao Suriyaphong Pharidet and he built the building in 1903 in order to replace his wooden house.
The building was donated to the Thai government in 1931 by the descendents of Chao Maha Brahma Surathada, the last feudal lord of Nan. At that point the building was as the provincial hall. It was only in 1973 that the Fine Arts Department started using the building and this led to the setting up of the Nan National Museum.
According to archeologists, Nong Bua Temple was actually located around 500 meters from its present location near the Nong Bua swamp. However, the remains of the old temple no longer exist. The temple was later constructed at its present location and it was registered by the Religion Department, which was established by Monk Sunanta and the locals in 1772.